Quick Start Program

  • Racquets

    For an adult player to succeed at tennis, racquet control is essential. Same goes for kids. But since kids are smaller than adults, kids have trouble controlling full-size racquets. They’re too long, they’re too heavy, and the grips are too large. Kids need racquets that are proportionate in length and weight and have a grip that fits their smaller hands.

    • For 8 & under, the racquet should be 19, 21 or 23 inches
    • For 10 & under, the racquet should be 23 or 25 inches

     

    Balls

    Kids need a ball that’s sized and paced to their playing abilities. A regulation tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet. Each age group, therefore, uses a ball better suited to their size and unique playing ability.

    • For 8 and Under, a foam ball or a very low compression ball moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.
    • For 10 and Under, a low compression ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group, but it still has a lower bounce than the original.

     

    Court Dimensions

    The QuickStart Tennis play format uses courts and nets that are scaled to the size and ability level of young children.

    • For 8 and Under, children will play on a court that is 36-feet long and 18-feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot, 9-inches in height. Portable nets and support systems are available from many manufacturers, or temporary nets can be constructed using tape or caution tape tied to existing nets, fences or even chairs.
    • For 10 and Under, a regulation net is used on the 60-foot court. If you are not using an existing court and net, the net height for the 60-foot court is three feet.

     

    Scoring

    The scoring system has been modified as well. Gone is the traditional 15, 30, 40, deuce system.

    • For 8 and Under, there are only seven points in a game, so match play is short and sweet. Kids play the best of three games; the first to score seven points wins the game. The first to win two games wins the match. The longest the match will last is approximately 20 minutes.
    • For 10 and Under, players should play the best-of-three sets; the first to win four games wins a set. For the third set, the first player to win seven points wins the match.